Sunday, September 2, 2018

Space Observatories Update 09/2018

Two new launches, the Parker Solar Probe heliophysics mission through the solar corona, and the Chinese Longjiang 2 Radio observatory in lunar orbit mean another update to the Space Observatories page. Also some delays and a new mission, the IMAP heliophysics mission to be launched in 2024.

The source data are now available on my space exploration history GitHub repository, together with the included infographics.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Solar System Missions Update 09/2018

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of September 1st 2018.

Mars lander InSIGHT and the MarCOs are still cruising towards Mars, Parker Solar Probe has launched and is on track for a Venus flyby in October, and OSIRIS-REx is on it's approach to Asteroid Bennu, arriving in December. But the Solar Systems gggggratest busybody is still Hayabusa 2 at Asteroid Ryugu with the landing of the MINNERVA 2 rover this month and MASCOT in October, as well as a touchdown of Hayabusa 2 itself on the asteroid.

Edited to add #WakeUpOppy #SaveOppy

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Solar System Missions Update 08/2018

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of August 1st 2018.

Mars lander InSIGHT and the MarCOs are still cruising towards Mars, the launch window for the Parker Solar Probe opens on August 11th, and OSIRIS-REx will begin it's approach to Asteroid Bennu on August 17th. But still the biggest show right now is Hayabusa 2 at Asteroid Ryugu, upcoming in September is the landing of the MINNERVA 2 and MASCOT probes on the asteroid.

A few new missions in the list as well: LOP-G will probably happen, as well as the SpaceIL moon lander in December. And then there is the Japanese DESTINY+ mission to Asteroid Phaeton, as you may have guessed, the acronym stand for Demonstration and Experiment of Space Technology for INterplanetary voYage Phaethon fLyby dUSt science. I'm afraid the global contest for "Most tortured acronym ever" is over.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Solar System Missions Update 07/2018

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of July 1st 2018.

Mars lander InSIGHT and the MarCOs cruising towards Mars, which will be at oppositon this month on the 27th. And the launch window for the Parker Solar Probe opens on the 31st August 4th.

But the biggest show right now for me is Hayabusa 2 with a great approach to Asteroid Ryugu and great images, upcoming in September is the landing of the MINNERVA 2 and MASCOT probes on the asteroid.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Solar System Missions Update 06/2018

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of June 1st 2018.

This time not with one, not two, but four new spacecraft on the map: The Mars lander InSIGHT, along with the first interplanetary cubesats MarCO-A and MarCO-B, aka. Wall-E & Eve. And the Chinese communication relay orbiter for the Lunar far side mission Chang'e 4, Queqiao (鹊桥) or Magpie Bridge. Also, Hayabusa 2 is getting very close to Asteroid Ryugu, less than 10.000 km right now.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Solar System Missions Update 05/2018

Here's my map of all active and future Solar System Missions as of May 1st 2018.

Yay, interplanetary launch affot: InSIGHT! Also, Hayabusa 2 is getting ever closer to Asteroid Ryugu, only ~150.000 km right now.

Data, images and documentation are available on my space exploration history GitHub repository and the associated website.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Space Observatories Update 04/2018

A new observatory in space, TESS! Time for an update to the Space Observatories page. Also some delays and the Chinese "Two Meter Space Telescope" got the proper name Xuntian, "Sky Survey", and will be deployed close to the future multiple segment Chinese Space Station for easy maintenance.

The source data are now available on my space exploration history github repository, together with the included infographics.

[Edit: Corrected image 2018-04-25]